Friday Fictioneers: Closed Minds

As he felt himself fall, several scenes flashed before him; his days of residency in the U.S., night duties, struggles, his three sons and his wife, his appointment letter as a Professor of Cardiology, his return to his homeland for voluntary service at the local hospital and then that flash of the gun.

A voice spoke to him in his head, “You came to open their hearts, but you couldn’t open their minds.”

Now he stood near an archway and he faced the light and as far as he could see there was beauty and tranquillity.

A U.S. cardiologist was shot dead in a targeted killing in Pakistan on 26th May, 2014. He belonged to a minority sect that has long been persecuted in the country.

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40 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Closed Minds

  1. Sad. Very tragic. “Couldn’t open their minds.” Very touching.
    Well-done, Zainab!

    By the way, I love the quote — “a baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” One of America’s best poet/writers, Carl Sandberg, wrote that. I remember it from college because we did a reader’s theater on his works. A good memory for me.
    Your son looks like a good kid! Tell him he can have all the green beans he wants! 😉

  2. Zainab, Sad story of a terrible injustice. People who commit those crimes against humanity have minds that are in the Dark Ages of the world. They’ll probably never join us in the 21st Century. Well written. —Susan

    • Hi Bjorn,
      Dr Mehdi came home to work in the local hospital as he wanted to serve humanity. In return he was shot 10 to 11 times in front of his wife and 2 year old son. No police case has been filed as yet.

    • Thank you Rochelle. The patriots keep coming back to serve their homeland even at the expense of their lives, people like me just stay away. 😦

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